Welcome to the Ruth Etting Web Site

Rising to fame in the twenties and early thirties, Ruth Etting was renowned for her great beauty, her gorgeous voice and her tragic life. She starred on Broadway, made movies in Hollywood, married a mobster, had numerous hit-records, fell in love and was known as America’s Sweetheart of Song.

This site is maintained by Cheryl Spelts, the granddaughter of one of Ruth Etting’s cousins. The submission of additional information and documentation on her life and career is encouraged and greatly appreciated!

Ruth Etting NewsNews
Get the latest scoop on new Ruth Etting albums, pending movies about her life, videos and photos from her heyday, and anything else new and exciting that comes along!

Ruth Etting SongsSongs
Ruth Etting had over 60 hit recordings and recorded hundreds of other songs. Among her best in the Jazz Age are Button Up Your Overcoat and Mean to Me, and in the depression, Ten Cents A Dance. Her versions of Shine On Harvest Moon, Let Me Call You Sweetheart and You Made Me Love You became her signature songs.

Ruth Etting on BroadwayBroadway
Irving Berlin suggested Ruth Etting for the Ziegfeld Follies and she was hired after Ziegfeld checked her ankles, not her voice. She appeared in the Follies of 1927. In 1929 she starred with Eddie Cantor in Whoopee! In 1930 she made 135 appearances in Simple Simon with Ed Wynn. In 1931 she appeared in the very last Follies, shortly before Ziegfeld’s death.

Ruth Etting MoviesMovies
Ruth Etting made a string of movie shorts and three full-length features. Her big break came in Roman Scandals with Eddie Cantor and Lucille Ball in a bit part. Then came Gift of Gab and Hips Hips Hooray.

Ruth Etting Photo AlbumPhoto Album
Our Ruth Etting photo album has over 50 images, including publicity photos, movie and theatre posters, sheet music, and magazine features.

Ruth Etting BioHistory
Ruth Etting made her first record in 1926 and her last in 1937. She starred on Broadway, made movies in Hollywood, married a mobster, had number-one-hit-records, fell in love and was known as America’s Sweetheart of Song. Get the facts on her life!

Ziegfeld Follies, 1927Music
Ruth Etting’s music is available on CD! There are currently eight full-length CDs available, plus several compilations that contain at least one of her songs. Real Audio files allow you to listen to her music right now!

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